A funny, suspenseful novel, bursting with character and ideas: a quirky detective story about righting the wrongs of the past and fighting injustice in the present; a touching story of friendship, football and the power of the Internet.
Henni lives in Melbourne, Leo lives in Berlin.
Different countries, different lives, so far apart;
but sometimes the person furthest away is just the one you need
A postcard from Leo Schmidt? I can't believe it. I'm trying to solve the mystery of a boy called Leopold Schmidt who migrated to Australia years ago. Leopold is long dead, but this new Leo is very much alive and kicking.
Emails fly as they explore the world according to Henni and Leo. It's friendly and funny, but deadly serious, too. Without Leo, Henni would never unravel the dark secrets from the past. Without Henni, Leo would have to save his friend Felix single-handed.
Well-loved Australian author, Elizabeth Honey, has collaborated with her German translator, Heike Brandt (also a writer for children), on this ground-breaking story which is the most exciting and thought-provoking junior novel we've published in a long time. You'll seldom meet two such quirky, endearing characters as Henni and Leo.
Elizabeth Honey is a hugely popular, award-winning author of poetry, picture books and junior novels. Her playful humour, originality and energy strike a chord with kids everywhere. Her books are published in the USA, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Bulgaria, Korea, Taiwan and China.
Heike Brandt is a bookseller, writer, translator and critic. She founded and ran a specialist children's bookstore in Berlin, which operated as a collective. She is the author of three books for young people: Die Menschenrechte haben kein Geschlecht, Wie ein Vogel im K fig and Katzenspr nge. She has translated over 70 books from English to German, including books by Australian authors Elizabeth Honey and John Marsden, and books from the UK, USA, Canada and Nigeria.
To the Boy in Berlin
Allen & Unwin
Authors: Elizabeth Honey & Heike Brandt